OK, so I’ve noted elsewhere on this site that I was going to be covering Friday football games for the Times-Union, and, hopefully, parlaying that into some kind of semi-regular wrestling presence in the winter.
Hopefully, this will be each week, but we will have to see on that. Apparently, there are a lot more guys out there who want to cover football games (but, from what I have seen in the past, no other sports).
Tonight, I will be at The Bolles School for the Bulldogs’ season-opener with Lake Mary. Varsity start time is 7:30.
To keep things fun and (somewhat) wrestling-oriented, here’s what I’m going to do while I’m at these games: I’d like to do a quick feature story that will appear sometime Saturday.
I will have a roster of Bolles wrestlers who competed on last year’s team. I will be on the home-side press box, probably somewhere between 6:30 and 7 tonight.
The first Bulldog wrestler that comes to visit me will be the subject of the feature. Be prepared to show me ID, because I only know so many kids by face at any program. I’m doing better, but there’s 500 or so of you in the area and just one me with an over-taxed database.
It will only partially be about wrestling, mostly about the kid who gets to me first. If no one shows until after the varsity game begins, they’ll have to come back at halftime, because I will be working — keeping stats and doing other reporter-y type things.
I am going to keep to myself the contents of what will be discussed for now. Be prepared to have an Iphone mug shot taken that will go with the story.
It’ll be fun stuff, I promise, a short interview, and safe for publication. I don’t do things any other way. My son will be with me and probably semi-watching it all go down (assuming he’s not on his phone watching YouTube videos or wondering why a good father wouldn’t take him to his school’s game at Terry Parker instead).
Depending on how the response to this goes, I’ll do this each time I’m on-site for a game. I will make requests to the powers-that-be to shuffle me around to different locations, so that several schools can get in on the action.